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Mary Tyler Moore’s 10 Most Powerful Quotes

An inspiration to many for her work; her words were nothing to sneeze at, either.

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BY Jeremy Goldman - 26 Jan 2017

PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images

Hollywood grew a bit darker on January 25, 2017, when it lost legendary actress Mary Tyler Moore at age 80 after a brief hospitalization. Besides being riotously entertaining, her trailblazing career as a feminist icon was incredibly inspiring. Moreover, her own words were rather inspiring, especially for entrepreneurs and aspiring trailblazers. Here are some of my personal favorites:


On Bravery:

You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.

Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.


On Challenges:

Having a dream is what keeps you alive. Overcoming the challenges makes life worth living.

You truly have to make the very best of what you've got. We all do.


On Knowing Yourself - and Others:

I'm not an actress who can create a character. I play me.

My grandfather once said, having watched me one entire afternoon, prancing and leaping and cavorting, 'This child will either end up on stage or in jail.' Fortunately, I took the easy route.

Sometimes you have to get to know someone really well to realize you're really strangers.


On Achievement:

Whatever it is, it's OK because it's what it is. Don't be looking for perfection. Don't be short-tempered with yourself. And you'll be a whole lot nicer to be around with everyone else.

Worrying is a necessary part of life.

Three things have helped me successfully go through the ordeals of life -- an understanding husband, a good analyst and millions of dollars.

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